EVENT: Highfield Regulated First-Aid Qualification Assessor and IQA Training

Highfield is hosting an event in Doncaster this autumn to clarify the requirements in relation to internal quality assurance and the assessment of the full suite of regulated first-aid qualifications.

Held on 13 November 2018 at our Academy House office in Doncaster, the workshop provides an overview of the assessment and IQA processes, and gives training providers already offering Highfield first-aid qualifications advice and guidance on best practice.

Although attendance at this CPD event does not provide a formal qualification in the areas of assessing or IQA, and can only be used in the context of first-aid qualifications, these first-aid events are unlike other CPD events as they offer more than just a certificate with points. The CPD certificate gained from this particular event also enables the holder to fulfil the role of an assessor and internal quality assurer for regulated first-aid qualifications and is formally recognised by the industry and awarding organisations alike.

The information delivered at the event is based on guidance issued by Skills for Health, The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the HSE, and acts as formal first-aid CPD training. This is different to previous first-aid orientation sessions that were designed simply to introduce current and prospective first-aid centres to Highfield paperwork.

Attendance at the event entitles delegates to 6 CPD points. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our experts any questions you may have, as well as network with other professionals. Feedback from attendees and centres confirms that this is one of the most popular CPD events delivered by Highfield Qualifications.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Attendance costs £50 plus VAT for Highfield-approved training providers, and £80 plus VAT for others.

For more information, or to book your place, click here

Guidance on new first-aid qualifications

A new video to help employers and learning providers understand changes to first aid training has been launched by awarding organisation Highfield Qualifications.

The video, available on Vimeo, covers both of the main first-aid qualifications used in workplaces, First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work, and provides an overview of the main changes.

The updated qualifications, which came into effect on 1 October 2017, have been introduced to make them more streamlined and relevant to workplaces and employers, while still meeting Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and RC(UK) guidelines. 

Key amongst the changes is making Emergency First Aid at Work a Level 3 qualification to align with other first-aid qualifications, removing the need to complete an accident report form from both qualifications, and guidance and amplification on key first aid terms to provide standardisation amongst first-aiders. However, assessment of first-aid qualifications will still cover practical skills and theory.  

The qualifications have also been reviewed against the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) so that they are recognised by government and meet the requirements for funding.

For more on first-aid qualifications from Highfield, go to https://www.highfieldabc.com/qualifications/compliance/firstaid2  

Important update to first aid qualifications

First Aid ResponseFirst aid qualifications are changing – with new requirements for tutors, assessors and IQA from later in the year.

The changes, which come into effect from 1 October 2015, will see a number of updates implemented designed to improve the rigour of first aid training qualifications and safeguard learners.

Details of the changes include requirements that:

  • Tutors hold regulated teaching or training qualifications
  • Assessors have a formal (regulated) assessing qualification
  • IQAs will need to achieve a formal (regulated) IQA qualification

Where assessors and IQAs do not hold the required qualifications, they will need to undertake first-aid assessor/IQA CPD training with an Awarding Organisation.

Further details of the tutor/assessor and IQA qualifications can be found within the qualification specification for any of the HABC first aid at work qualifications or within the Skills for Health assessment principle document.

HABC account managers are currently reviewing all tutor certificates held on the HABC system. Tutors/assessors that do not fulfil the requirements by 1 October 2015 will not be able to be selected by Centres when posting a course.

For more information, contact your HABC account manager.